Undergraduate thesis building on Feagan's (2007) analysis of ideas of community and place, and Kloppenburg et al.'s (1996) concept of foodsheds, and a modified form of drive-time polygons, termed 'marketsheds' that demarcate the consumer-draw area for farmers' markets. Specifically, the research analyzes the spatial distribution of local food communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) in Texas and links the foodshed concept to elements of community and sense of place. Two questions guide this study: 1) What are the characteristics of the DFW local foods movement? 2) How do local food producers create and conceptualize community and place?
This paper discusses research on HIV/AIDS morbidity in youth and teens, age 13-24, in Texas counties. Using case data provided by the Texas State Department of Health Services, this paper seeks to understand the spatial distribution of HIV/AIDS morbidity among youths and teens and the variables that are significantly related to the disease.
This paper discusses research on lignite deposits and kidney and renal pelvic cancers in Texas from 1980 to 1998. This study also probes the role of such factors as race, gender, and socioeconomic status on mortality rates for these cancers.
Presentation for the 2010 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing retreating glaciers of the Himalayas and a case study of the Gangotri Glacier using 1990-2009 satellite images.
Presentation for the 2008 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the law and ethics of the Kennewick man controversy.
Poster presentation for the 2006 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on dissolved lithium concentrations and the spatial distribution of suicide mortality rates in Texas counties from 1980-1998.